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PLL 7x17 Driving Miss Crazy - Thoughts

- LOVED the episode. Entertaining from start to finish! Look, we all knew that “answers every week” is bullshit. I say this every week, but we’ve waited so many years, so we can wait 3 more weeks. So let’s just set aside the fact that we get no answers and just appreciate the fast pace and lack of fillers. I’m glad that the build up to the almighty answers-episode is fun. Season 7 really is the best season to date in my opinion.

- This episode should’ve been called Mona Mania, instead of that season 3 episode! She owned this episode. I won’t even list everything she did that justifies her walking around town with a crown on her head. You know all the reasons. Just every Mona scene was so damn entertaining.

- NO ALI!!! Instant success!!! It felt like a good old season 4 episode. I say this a lot but Ali still feels like the outsider to the group. The dynamics just work better with Spencer, Hanna, Aria and Emily. I love those 4 together. Ali still doesn’t fit in the group, in my eyes. I might feel like that because we had 4 whole seasons with just the 4 of them so I’m too used to it and I never adapted to the change properly when she came back in 5A. No hate on Sasha, but I’m just not a fan of Ali’s character, I’ve always thought they ruined her once she came back from the dead. This episode just had great vibes without her, just like 713.

- Hastings drama was on point. Nolan is doing an amazing job playing Peter.

- We did it! Another thing this Tumblr community guessed right: Aria was filing a police report against Ezra during the time she found out he was writing a book. It’s a shame they’re not going further and doing the abortion story, but I still like this.

- MARY!! Welcome back. I actually feel sorry for her. I think she’s the most misunderstood character ever in PLL history.

- I did really enjoy the plot twist that Peter and Jessica were planning to kill Mary but she intercepted and killed Jessica. Self defence. I never saw that coming. It doesn’t change the final outcome that Mary killed Jessica, but it’s a nice additional layer to the overall story to show just how complex this mystery is. I appreciated and enjoyed that unnecessary layer. 

- Ezra pisses me off SO MUCH. He’s so blind. He’s so stupid. Just like last week, he thinks everything is about him. “You still don’t trust me because I wrote a book?” UMMMM NO???? Two weeks ago (PLL timeline) Hanna was abducted and EVERYONE, including Ezra, got a message from someone named AD, and the twin of a dead woman rocked up in town. Why has Ezra forgotten all of this??? Does he think AD just packed up and went home?? Does he think Hanna’s abduction was just a prank gone wrong and that all the messages about ‘find Hanna before it’s too late’ was just for fun? He saw ‘Hanna’ hanging from ropes in the bell tower, and he thinks the thing bothering Aria is trust issues from 6 years ago? Open your eyes Ezra. Someone is messing with your fiancé again. Not everything is about you.

- On a positive note I did appreciate his comments about regret with the book situation. I know that was very sincere. But get a hold of reality. Aria’s change of mood is not about you, ffs. 

- Did that shirt from Radley belong to Spencer’s twin? Idk, just something to think about.

- The fact that AD is trying to break apart the Hastings house feels like AD has a vendetta against the Hastings. Perhaps, Twincer is angry they adopted Spencer but not herself? Revenge?

- Spencer’s numberplate was CHD. I know we shouldn’t be looking into this stuff because not once have these had meaning, but, I couldn’t help but think back to Charles DiLaurentis.

- Thank god the musical number was short. I mean, I enjoyed it, and Janel can sing, but it did feel a bit random and out of nowhere. Perhaps that’s because I was so immersed in the episode and enjoying it so much, that when that came on, the pace was ruined out of nowhere. But judging it for what it is, standalone, it was cool! I don’t understand Lucy’s comments that all the girls were in it? Were they, and I just didn’t see them? haha

- I’m surprised Spencer hasn’t pieced together that Aria is doing this. The earring… bringing dinner then leaving? I don’t know about you guys but not once in my entire life have I driven to my friends house to drop off dinner for them and then leave? That’s just weird. Some might say it’s a polite gesture… and it is, but it’s weirdly polite. No one does that?? “Hey I brought you dinner! Ok I’m going now!” wtf?

- Can Marco just arrest them already!? They’re dwindling on this story for too long. Too much talking, not enough action.

- The episode felt incomplete. I don’t like how they’re dragging on a few storylines into the next episode, such as Aria’s reward (we know it was her files… but I wanted to actually read them in detail) and the doctor’s ID. Those storylines were the stories of THIS episode. Episode 17 was about THOSE things - they should’ve got total resolution, to define the episode and say “episode 17 revolved around these things”. I was just waiting for them to say Wren’s name (in regards to the doctor who did the procedure). And it never came. This episode should’ve had just one more reveal of sorts. And I don’t like that they didn’t just reveal things then and there. Oh and also the puzzle pieces… I thought with 2 more pieces, we’d get a better idea of what the pieces are forming. But no. So that was a tiny bit disappointing, that Aria did all that work and she/we still didn’t really get much out of it.

- That ending confirmed for me that Mona is not AD. It’s too obvious. I know CeCe was obvious because they literally showed her in a hoodie… but this is different. This is too close to the finale. I don’t believe Mona is AD. Instead, Mona wants to win the liars’ trust back so she’s working to solve the game, rather than administer the game to them. Also she is saving their assess by taking the shovels/potential evidence - it’s good not bad. Unfortunately this all comes back to Mona dying in the finale. She’ll get way too close to AD’s identity, and then AD will kill her. Thankfully, the girls will pickup where Mona left off and end it themselves. Then, they’ll realise they couldn’t have done it without Mona. So sad, but it’s a great story arc especially for a series finale.

- Caleb’s talk about Hanna to Ashley was adorable. That was a really well done scene. I loved their tent scene with the rings and Hanna bringing the bottle because she anticipated Caleb would say “yes I meant those words”. We all know the writers chose a tent because that’s where they spent their first night - I like that attention to detail. Terrible song choice… oh my gosh. Why not just use the same song as 1x19 (I think that was the episode?) Nostalgia always sells.

- Overall, my second favourite episode this season! 8.5/10. I really did like it. Again, I’ve gotten over the fact that we don’t get answers every episode. It was a lie, yes, but I’m not going to sit here and whinge when the answers are just 3 weeks away anyway. I’m just taking the episodes for what they are, disregarding all comments from writers, and I’m loving the ride. Fast paced, good writing, amazing mystery/story. Decent romance too - coming from someone who only watches for mystery, they’re doing well. I honestly would’ve rated this a 10/10 episode if they just went that extra mile and revealed the doctor’s name (Wren), showed us Aria’s reward properly AND give us insight into what the puzzle pieces are forming. The episode felt incomplete that they started stories this episode and never resolved them completely. But nonetheless, it was amazing. No Ali definitely contributed to that ;) 8.5 might seem high for an episode with no answers, but I was entertained from start to finish, no fillers, decent romance, really good mystery… can’t say much bad other than it feeling incomplete. This was an episode of PLL doing what it does best. IF ONLY THEY JUST GAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE IN THE FINAL MINUTES.

EDIT: SORRY I MEAN DONOR - NOT DOCTOR. It’s 2.30am right now, and I just finished watching the episode. I was going to watch it in the morning but I stayed up to get this post out - I always get messages asking when my thoughts post will be up!

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THIS EPISODE WAS SO MUCH BETTER THAN LAST WEEK’S.

Aria doing some shit just yes let me live even though it’s because ezra’s freaking file at least I saw her in that black hoodie again.

PETER HASTINGS YOU DICK FUCK. OFF.

I just feel bad for Mary, okay? Okay. I WANTED SPENCER TO HUG HER BUT SHE JUST WALKED AWAY ASHSJSJS.

Hanna and Caleb. . Hmm, cute but I don’t care, next.


MONA AND EMILY ACTING AS A COUPLE LMFAO. It was funny i just really enjoyed watching.


I was really happy Mona was helping the liars again because she was a master-mind at the game but. . THE END LEFT ME SO SHOOK, WTF, MONA?!?!? I WAS ROOTING FOR YOU ARE YOU STILL HELPING THEM? IF YOU ARE PLEASE YES. FOR FUCKS SAKE HELP THEM. I’M TIRED OF WAITING.

Everytime Spencer is on screen, I just be like Spencer? Twincer? Why is her hair curly? It’s driving me mad y'all.

JANEL SINGING. ARIA’s DREAM WAS LIT. I loved it tbh.

Marco Furey. . Only cop acting like a cop to investigate shit.

AT THE END WITH THE MONA SCENE CHARLOTTE’S PICTURE WITH ALL THE OTHERS I SCREAMED I JUST LOVE VANESSA RAY OKAY

Also, from that promo…

Give. Me. Next. Week’s. Ep. Now.

“Holy Trinities” and colorism

Can someone explain the reasoning behind these “Holy Trinities” being exclusively praise of light skin and/or biracial looking Black women?

Like I know alot of people like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj. I like them too. I know alot of people like Willow Smith, Amandla Stenberg, and Zandaya. Again I like them too but why is it that this “holy trinity” title is given to exclusively light skin women, girls, and children? Like I hear people saying that we all should be happy for these females for black excellence but why is it that ya’ll only pick out the light skin celebrities to praise? To call a queen or a goddess? I know the reasoning can’t be because only these people are the ones making things happen. They aint. Dark skin women and girls are doing some awesome stuff too that should also be praised. 

Brandy is the reason why there are half of female singers in the game today. Like you ask a female singer who is her inspiration and many would name Brandy. Many would bring up her show, Moesha. Many would bring up her unique vocal talents and the fact that she was their Black Princess growing up when she was casted as Cinderella. But she is also slaying recently too. People are loving her on broadway as Roxie in Chicago. And it’s amazing because ya’ll know White people hate it when a poc gets a typically “White role”. 

Janelle Monae made one album that skyrocked and now she has her own record label, Wondaland Records. She. Has. Her. Own. Record. Label. Why can’t she be a “queen”? Why aint yall praising her? But to yall I guest making your own record label doesn’t grant you any acknowledgements. Janelle can dance, sing, write music but somehow no love for her.


Sevyn Streeter is making great music. She has a great singing voice. People say she does the songs she covers justice like Aaliyah’s music and is  known for making good eps. She isn’t just a good singer but also a good dancer. She wrote songs for Usher and other artists.

Keke Palmer is the first Black woman to be casted as Cinderella on broadway. People her are loving her on Scream Queens. She is a good young actress. She was Chili in TLC movie. But no love for her either.

Quvenzhane wallis was the youngest person to get nominated for best actress. She was the first Black Annie. But yall just focus on Willow Smith and she really hadn’t done anything yet. She gonna be a model now but it seems like yall praise these girls before they even do anything. Not to say that Willow isn’t gonna do anything super great she is sign as a model now but damn yall praise her as a trinity before that happened when other girls were already being stars in films and getting nominees. 

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Man what?! After a stressful and hot day and waiting in line around the corner of The Howard Theater, we were able to experience the powerful energy of the artists associated with Wondaland Records. Artists Janelle Monae, Jidenna, St. Beauty, Roman GianArthur, and Deep Cotton. The wait was totally worth it. All of these artists together put on such a versatile show I felt like I paid for it! And the most powerful part of the show was everyone singing Janelle Monae’s song “Hell You Talmbout” which is an ode to the unarmed black victims who have been murdered unjustly at the hands of police brutality. I felt so much energy from this song as I have recently been feeling drained and depressed by so many of these murders happening. I hope you enjoy these photos and please remember Black Lives Matter. 

“This song is a vessel. It carries the unbearable anguish of millions. We recorded it to channel the pain, fear, and trauma caused by the ongoing slaughter of our brothers and sisters. We recorded it to challenge the indifference, disregard, and negligence of all who remain quiet about this issue. Silence is our enemy. Sound is our weapon. They say a question lives forever until it gets the answer it deserves… Won’t you say their names?” -Janelle Monae

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Janelle Monae “Sally Ride”

For those of you who don’t know, Sally Ride was the first American woman to ever go into space. She joined NASA in 1978 and remained until 1987 when she left to go work at Stanford. Later she eventually started Sally Ride Science. Sally was also known as the youngest American astronaut to ever go in space. Also? Sally was an out queer woman who co-authored six children’s books with her partner. 

I am convinced when Janelle sings the words “Wake up, Mary. Have you heard the news? You got to wake up Mary. You got the right to choose.” She is eluding to the right to love who you want to. Janelle’s album is full queer innuendo. Janelle is a very conscientious artist, and she chose the title of this song to send a direct message about freedom to love who and how one chooses, in spite of societal pressures to conform to the standard.  

metalarmeddeer  asked:

So, I stumbled upon your Pre-Serum Steve post on "History Geekery for Steve Rogers" and find that you might be the best person to ask this question that has been bothering me for AGES. A lot of times, people always put Steve in this "Old Fashioned Forties Mentality Box" yet the MCU canon/most of Marvel Comic canon is all "Steve Rogers was ahead of his time and a complete sweetheart, OMG." I've always thought the man was a bit of both. Thoughts? Analysis? Help?

Oh man, this is not a simple question, and a lot of ink has been spilled on it in recent years; I am not the best person to answer, but I will do my best.

First: Steve Rogers is absolutely a complete sweetheart. Who is telling you he is not a complete sweetheart? Give me their address, I will send Natasha Romanov there to explain to them at length about how they are wrong.

This does not necessarily correlate with political progressivism. (All reports are that Justice Scalia, for example, was a total sweetheart. Politically ahead of his time he was not.)

But the passage of time is not a smooth gradient from one viewpoint to another? For example, if Steve Rogers of late 1930s NYC was politically moderate on economic policy, he would probably think that Bernie Sanders was a little bit too far right for his tastes, and Bernie could stand to be more pro-union, but he’d make do with Bernie if he had to, because the US political discourse as a whole has moved so far right in recent decades that there are no remaining national figures as progressive as the moderates of Steve’s childhood. (And given where and how he grew up, chances are good Steve was well to the left of moderate.)

And in no time period are political and social views monolithic. Is it historically unrealistic that the Howling Commandos were an integrated unit? Yes. Is it unrealistic that there were white men all though the military hierarchy at the time who would have supported an integrated unit if they could? Not at all. And it was less than five years before the desegregationists won and got an integrated military; that didn’t come out of a blank slate. There have always been people of all races who were strongly in favor of racial equality and happy to speak out about it. It does not make Steve Rogers “ahead of his time” to be strongly anti-racist; even if you’re talking about 1872 Steve Rogers it doesn’t make him “ahead of his time”, because there were active anti-racist movements then, too, with white men in them. Similarly on feminism and gay rights and disability activism and so on. He can be extremely progressive on any of those issues without being unrealistic for a man of his time, and given where and how he grew up, all the class + regionalism signposts are there that he very well might have been socially progressive by modern metrics.

Where people do tend to trip into anachronism is that his context for all of those when he wakes up will be very, very different. His feminism will be pre-second-wave feminism. He will think ‘gay’ means ‘glam’ and ‘bisexual’ means ‘genderqueer’ and ‘queer’ is the word used by middle-class lgbt rights activists and never needed reclaiming, and he won’t know the terms ‘genderqueer’ or ‘lgbt’ at all. His anti-racism will be pegged to Marcus Garvey and W.E.B. DuBois and Billie Holiday singing “Strange Fruit”, not to Malcom X and MLK and Janelle Monae singing “Black Lives Matter”. And it’s not just about cultural touchstones and terminology; the way modern people conceptualize the underlying issues, prioritize what is and isn’t important, draw lines around communities and identities, and so on - all of that would be totally different, and a lot of things he’d think of as super-progressive would read to modern social justice advocates as regressively old-fashioned or downright offensive, even if the underlying beliefs and aims were completely shared, even if in some ways Steve was being more radical than modern radicals, because this stuff is complicated.

(The way the current political discourse in the US and Europe almost mirrors the discourse in the 1930s, in the buildup to the triumph of fascism pre-WWII, is super-scary and outside the scope of this post, but let’s just say that he’d find a lot of the current social issues and public opinion on them disappointingly familiar. There’s a recent fanfic where a reporter asks him for the nth time “what do you think would have happened if the fascists had won?” and he snaps and just says, “what do you mean, if they’d won?” That’s not him being ahead of his time, that’s him being very, very, very much of his time.)

There’s another context issue, though, which is that socially, a LOT has changed in the past ninety years, and a lot of it has changed slowly, haltingly, five-steps-forward-three-steps-back, in ways that made sense at the time but don’t really make sense outside the context of the time, and shaped modern ‘old-fashioned’ views in ways that just wouldn’t make sense to a Steve Rogers who didn’t live through the changes the slow way, even if he wasn’t a progressive in the 40s. This is kind of hard to explain, but, for example:

I’ve had a lot of friends who were close to Steve Rogers in age, and a lot of them, even the ones who considered themselves socially progressive, had no problem with gay people as long as they didn’t scare the horses, but got stuck on marriage is one man and one woman. And it wasn’t because they didn’t think gay people should be able to be with the ones they love, it was because they had a very specific idea of what a marriage is, and it involved two people who had very different legal rights, social constraints, training, and opportunity, slotting themselves in a formal relationship structure that was intended to fit within a community of other similar relationships, all reinforcing each other. They wouldn’t put it that way, but if you questioned them, that’s what you eventually found at the bottom of their discomfort with gay marriage. And they’d invested a lot in that concept of marriage, even as all around them, how marriage actually fit into society was changing dramatically. But because it was a slow, patchy change and they lived through every step, they’d never actually had to confront just how much the meaning of marriage, in practical terms, had already changed.

Steve Rogers didn’t get to live it the slow way. Even if you allow that he had a very traditionalist view for the 1930s (and this is not necessarily true; there were queer activists in Brooklyn who wanted marriage then), he didn’t spend eighty years slowly adapting his view to accommodate (or ignore) all the social changes that happened in that time without having to fundamentally change his preconceptions: he just woke up one day to a world with a divorce rate over 50% and an out-of-wedlock birth rate over 40% where sex outside of marriage - even for respectable middle-class women! - is unremarkable and open. A Steve Rogers who’s a cultural traditionalist is not going to be anti-gay marriage; he’s going to be “Well, hell, you’ve destroyed marriage already, so why the hell not.” Even if you like your Cap socially conservative, he’s not going to be a modern, post-Reagan, post-Culture War conservative; he’s going to be a 1930s social conservative dropped into a cultural gap so different I can’t even find my footing to explain how.

A lot has changed since he grew up, and he didn’t live through the process of change the way the people we think of today as having  “old-fashioned views” did. And this has changed over time, too - the now-retconned 1950s Captain America Comics, where he took a hard turn to the right just as America as a whole did, do make some sense for someone who lived through the postwar (the way Howard Stark did in movieverse.) The original Stan Lee comics in the 60s show him coming back to a world that’s largely familiar but in the middle of radical, vocal, visible social changes on all sorts of axes, it makes sense that he’d react to it the way he did (to the extent anything in 1960s comics makes sense.) And the Steve Rogers of the current comics has been awake an… indeterminate amount of time in a universe where time doesn’t… happen… the way it does in our universe, but at any rate he’s been living on the slow route long enough that the time he lost probably isn’t the defining factor in his viewpoints anymore. Meanwhile, MCU Cap lost so much time that he effectively was dropped into a completely foreign culture; he won’t be adapting to a world that’s moved on without him a bit, he’s found a world that’s just barely similar enough to confuse him more and is just trying to survive the culture shock; he’s going to have to completely remake all his preconceptions just to survive no matter which way he goes. (I haven’t read any Ults!Cap, which did take the ‘not a sweetheart, not progressive’ route, but my understanding is that Ults!Cap was a total mess, so take that as you will.)

Regardless of how much he’s a man out of time, though, all Steve Rogerses oppose bullies, oppose people who try to rule through fear, hate, greed, and divisiveness, oppose anything that smacks of fascism or authoritarianism, and will fight for what they believe is right though the whole world stand against them.

As long as you stick within those limits, you’re good.

  • janelle monae: sings about society, speaks out on issues, makes song after song about how she loves who she is and how she's not gonna apologize for being herself
  • everybody: YASS JANELLE YASSSS
  • janelle monae: sings baby bend over lemme see you do that yoga in one song
  • everybody: wow she's so TRASHY WOW I CAN'T BELIEVE SHE'S A HOE NOW
  • beyonce: continually supports women, proclaims herself as a feminist, makes a song blatantly about feminism, makes another about how society cares more about a girl's appearance rather than who she really is
  • everybody: YAS BEYONCE! QUEEN!! QUEEN BEY!
  • beyonce: sings about having sex with her husband in the back of a limo
  • everybody: she's so trashy! WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OLD BEYONCE?
  • rihanna: went through a relationship that ended in domestic violence, still got back up stronger than ever and didn't let it stop her from being successful, is prospering in the fashion industry, made a song blatantly about how society only sees half of her through the media and they really don't know anything about her
  • everybody: RIH IS KILLIN IT! I LOVER HER!
  • rihanna: sings about sex straight out
  • everybody: she's such a whore, she's so trashy! why can't she go back to before? rihanna is NASTY.
  • nicki minaj: went through a hell of time growing up, still prospered, tells ALL her fans to stay in school, has made uplifting songs time and time again, writes her own lyrics and throws subtle shade
  • everybody: TELL EM NICKI! ION GIVE A FUCK SHE'S SO INSPIRATIONAL!
  • nicki minaj: sings about sex and dicks and whatever
  • everybody: nicki is such a whore? i bet her ass isn't even real! TRASH!
  • the point is: you guys like to overlook all the good female artists these days do the second they talk about sex, as if feminism and sex can't go hand in hand. you will discredit them EVERYTHING because GOD FORBID WOMEN SING ABOUT BEING STRONG AND STILL LIKE TO HAVE SEX AND TALK ABOUT IT GOD FORBID—honestly. get your shit together.
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Janelle Monae singing Goldfinger 

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Yoga Janelle Monae & Jidenna